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kojisuzuki from United Kingdom
4 December 2007
2006 had Bakekang. I had 3 shows in mind on what show would rule
Philippine drama for 2007: ABS-CBN's Maria Flordeluna and Ysabella, and
GMA-7's Impostora - all had been excellent. MF and IMP preformed well
in the ratings, while YSA "flopped", I guess. That narrowed me down to
MF or IMP, but then came the Philippine remake of Thalia's monster hit
Not only "Marimar" replaced the 'Angel Locsin' with the 'Marian
Rivera', "Marimar" is both critically acclaimed and preformed excellent
on the ratings with ratings reaching up to an amazing 49.5%, until its
finale episode with 52.6% - the only show since 2005 to reach 50%.
"Marimar" had the best acting preformed by a cast for a very-very long
time in a Phiippine drama (after Kung Mawawala Ka). Many of the
actors/actress shinned in this series especially Richard Gomez,
Dingdont Dantes, Katrina Halili and Sheena Halili, plus the star of the
show MARIAN RIVERA! The series tries to distant itself from the
original, and it worked. Bing Loyzaga and Bianca King were excellent,
stole the show for me for 3 weeks!!! I also commend the magnificent
Caridad Sanchez, she did make my cry until her death (I feel so sorry
for her, especially when she got fed dog-food!) On the directors, Joyce
Bernal is excellent, as always; plus Mac Alejandre bounces back after
losing his touch for quite some time. At first, I though it was just
Bernal who did wonders directing "Marimar", but Alejandre showed
crafting skills in Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap.
Other part of the cast like Nadine Samonte, Cristin Reyes, Sharmaine
Santiago and Dino Guevarra preformed at their best. Sheena Halili was
able to shine in her role. Even Marvin Agustin! He's so good that I
actually hated his character with passion!
The theme songs: Mel Villena's composition of 'Marimar' capture the
"life" of the old Marimar theme song, Regine Velasquez was an excellent
choice to sing it. There was also Danny Tan's 'Mahal Kita', with two
versions, one by Maricris Garcia (subtle) and one by Gerald Santos
(passionate), both were amazing.
Overall, Marimar is the best melodramatic Philippine drama for a
very-very long time!
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